Saint Martin of Tours is one of the most familiar and recognisable Christian saints and has been venerated since the 4th century.
He was the Bishop of Tours, whose shrine in Gaul/France was the target of a very important pilgrimage, the equivalent of that to Rome, during the Early Middle Ages, before becoming a famous stopping-point for pilgrims on the way to Compostela. For his entire life he tirelessly travelled around Europe, leaving a significant imprint on our collective memory.
Council of Europe values
The Saint Martin Route represents the value of sharing, symbolised by the Saint’s charitable act in Amiens when he cut his cloak in half to share with a poor man who was dying of cold in the heart of winter. Behind this simple concept lies the intention to bring people together, beyond divisions of all kinds, in a single approach: sharing resources, knowledge and values. Indeed, sharing becomes a moral necessity to preserve humanity in the face of the challenge posed by globalisation, demographic expansion, and ecosystem damage.
Saint Martin of Tours Route is certified Cultural Route of the Council of Europe since 2005.